SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JAN. 8, 2019: HAYAT TAHRIR AL-SHAM EXPANDS FURTHER IN IDLIB DE-ESCALATION ZONE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JAN. 8, 2019: HAYAT TAHRIR AL-SHAM EXPANDS FURTHER IN IDLIB DE-ESCALATION ZONE

Units of the Russian Military Police have started patrolling the surroundings of the northern Syrian city of Manbij in the Aleppo governorate, near the border with Turkey, spokesman Yusup Mamatov told media on January 8.

“Today we started patrolling the security zone near the city of Manbij and its surroundings. The task is to ensure safety within the zone of responsibility, to control the positions and movement of armed groups,” he stressed adding that the route of military police patrols will change regularly.

The spokesman added that during their missions Russian servicemen are receiving information from locals about weapons caches and unexploded ordnances left after the area’s occupation by militants.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) continued its expansion within the Idlib de-escalation zone. After a successful capture of the opposition-held areas in western Aleppo, the terrorist group has kicked off an advance in southern Idlib.

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